“The Gillespie Gun Makers of East Fork” is back in print. A Book Review.
I was so excited to see that T. Dennis Glazener’s book on the Gillespie gun makers was reprinted I asked Dennis permission to review the book on my black powder website.
My personal copy has been read and reread many times and I have given a couple as gifts. The reason for this is pretty simple; The Gillespie Gun Makers of East Fork is a well researched and photographed work by a shooter, builder and history buff. Plus Dennis is the great, great, grandson of John Gillespie; John was the guy who started it all.
If you enjoy southern mountain rifles and southern history or are a Gillespie descendant, you must have T. Dennis Glazener’s book on the Gillespie gun makers. The Gillespie Gun Makers of East Fork details the genealogical history of three generations of the gunsmithing family as well as many pictures of the guns themselves. The book is clearly a labor of love as Dennis made many field trips and used original sources as well as public documents to bring 150 years of his prolific gun making family to life.
Another great thing about this book is that it has inspired many contemporary builders of flintlock and percussion longrifles to try their hands at recreating the Gillespie rifle. I know I enjoy my modern-made Gillespie long gun. That is it pictured above in the header of this website.
Thanks for reading!,
The Gillespie Gun Makers of East Fork
84 Pages- 8.5″ X 11″ Color soft cover.
Numerous black and white photographs of the guns, the Gillespie clan and family documents are included.
$22.50 plus $3.00 s/h via first class mail, add $1.60 if insurance is desired.
To purchase the book, make payment to:
T. D. Glazener
917 Manakin Road
Midlothian, VA 23113
To order the book online from the publisher,